Just as he has done in the past, President Barack Obama used the tragic mass shooting at a traditionally African-American church in Charleston, S.C., as a springboard for a call for stricter gun control legislation.
In remarks before jetting off to Los Angeles for a series of fundraisers with his Hollywood brethren, the president complained that suspected killer Dylann Roof, 21, “had no problem getting [his] hands on a gun.”
Nine people, including Democrat state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, were killed during a Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a church whose roots harken back to pre-Civil War years.
After some pro forma remarks about the tragedy of a killing in a church and Emmanuel AME’s history, Obama got to his real agenda — limiting the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
Americans, he said, must “reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
Similarly, two days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the president remarked:
As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.
Conversely, National Rifle Association CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre waited a respectful nine days before holding a press conference on Sandy Hook — and he was excoriated for it.
The Huffington Post called LaPierre’s speech, in which he said, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” as either “tone-deaf or ineffective or out-of-touch or a failure.”
Yet LaPierre’s words have been proven time and again.
Following the stabbing death of a New Jersey woman who’d been waiting six weeks for approval of a gun permit application, NJ.com blasted a gun rights group for staging a protest over the state’s gun laws.
The group staged their demonstration four days after the woman’s murder.
The editorial claimed that the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, the group that did the protesting, exploited the woman’s murder and was “both out of bounds and disrespectful to Bowne’s [the victim’s] memory.”
Somehow, I don’t expect NJ.com to come out with a similar editorial accusing the president of exploiting the nine Charleston victims.
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